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Scholarships for Current Students

All students are considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of admission. Merit scholarships are typically awarded for up to eight academic semesters during your undergraduate program. Review the information below to learn more about maintaining eligibility for a merit-based scholarship you’ve been awarded, as well as additional scholarship opportunities beyond your first year at Northeastern.

Maintaining Eligibility for Awarded Scholarships

Awarded institutional scholarships are typically guaranteed for up to eight academic semesters during your undergraduate program, provided that you:

  • Maintain eligibility requirements as outlined in your merit scholarship contract that was provided at the time of admissions. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to, a minimum GPA and/or required community service hours.
  • Are enrolled full time and meet the enrollment requirements of your college or program.
  • Maintain quantitative Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Institutional merit-based scholarships are applied during in-class semesters, and when students are earning academic credit. The amount of the merit scholarship you receive is based on your enrollment and corresponding tuition charge. Full-time enrollment during a fall or spring term is considered 12 to 16 credits and eight credits during a Summer I or Summer II session. If your tuition charges for a semester are prorated or adjusted due to a leave of absence, or other university-approved reason, your scholarship will be proportionally adjusted based on your lower tuition cost.

Please note that students are encouraged to apply for financial aid, but you are not required to complete the FAFSA to receive your merit scholarship.

If you do not maintain the required cumulative grade-point average for your scholarship, you will be eligible for one semester of probation for the first in-class semester of the following academic year to regain eligibility. During this semester, you will receive the scholarship. If you fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement after the probationary semester, the scholarship will be canceled. You may regain the scholarship by bringing your GPA up to the required minimum. For additional information regarding the minimum GPA requirements for your scholarship or the appeal process if you lose your scholarship for academic or other reasons, please reach out via the SFS Inquiry Form.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities for Current Students

In addition to institutional merit-based scholarships awarded to students at the time of admission, current students may also be eligible for the following scholarship opportunities:

The LaCLA (La Comunidad Latina en Acción) Scholarship was established in 1993 by a group of Latino/a students at Northeastern University as a way to increase the retention of Latino/a students at the university. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage academic excellence of students and promote community service on campus and in Greater Boston.

  • Scholarship covers full tuition only.
  • Awards are renewable annually for LaCLA scholars who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, satisfactorily complete a minimum of 200 hours annually of community service, submit FASFA annually and attend mandatory trainings, LaCLA meetings, events and programs.


  • Any full-time, day undergraduate Northeastern University student who is currently enrolled in a Bachelors program and has been at the University for at least one semester is eligible to apply for the LaCLA Scholarship. Along with this basic qualification, a student applying for this scholarship must also:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Permanent U.S. Resident
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
  • Demonstrate a history of community service
  • Have a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 3.3
  • Demonstrate Financial Need

How to Apply:

To apply for the Scholarship of the Month, complete the Student Financial Services Endowed Scholarship Application available through your Student Hub. Once you have logged into your Student Hub choose “Resources” and select “Scholarship Application” under “Student Financial Services”. You can then select the “LaCLA Scholarship Application 2021-2022”. All application materials should be submitted before June 1st, 2022.

Northeastern’s renowned approach to learning is characterized by the connections we maintain with the world beyond our campus. Through our unique co-op model and experiential learning opportunities with nearly 3,100 partners around the world, Northeastern students have the opportunity to engage globally and develop the leadership skills essential for success.

The Presidential Global Scholarship supports outstanding students who are seeking to participate in a global co-op program. By helping to offset expenses such as travel, meals, and housing, the Presidential Global Scholarship enables students to take advantage of all that a Northeastern education offers.

ROTC scholarships are awarded to eligible Northeastern students each term upon notification of eligibility from ROTC.

Please note that if you enroll in the Army ROTC Program at Northeastern University and are a recipient of Army benefits, Northeastern’s commitment to providing support equivalent to 20% of university tuition is inclusive of any awarded merit scholarship.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides financial support for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students who demonstrate financial need and academic success. Northeastern University, Student Financial Services participates in the GMS Program to support our students and follow the policies and procedures set forth by the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

GMS Program certifications are issued by Student Financial Services on a term-by-term basis. Please ensure that your GMS certification is submitted through the GMS portal and all supporting documentation for those costs is provided to SFS by the certification deadline date listed below. If supporting documentation for your certification is submitted to our office after the certification deadline date, corrections will be reviewed after the correction deadline referenced below.

Term Certification Deadline Correction Deadline
Fall 2020 7/17/2020 3/1/2021
Spring/Winter 2020 3/1/2021 3/1/2021
Summer 2021 6/1/2021 N/A

Summer Eligibility

Please note that the GMS Program does not permit certification for summer co-op expenses. Additionally, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program does not accept corrections for the summer term expenses. If you are requesting coverage for expenses for in-class enrollment during the summer, please ensure that your initial certification for the term accurately reflects your anticipated charges and all documentation has been submitted to SFS before the summer certification deadline date.

Refund Requests

Your GMS funding will be applied toward any outstanding charges on your student account first. If there is a credit balance on your account, you may request a refund through the myNortheastern portal. Any refund for which you are eligible will be released upon receipt of funds from GMS.

Please note, the administration reserves the right to make changes to this policy at any time without notice.

There are many private scholarships and grants, independent of Northeastern University and the federal aid process that first-year students may choose to apply on their own to assist with the cost of education.

If you have been selected to receive an outside scholarship, you must notify our office. A review and possible recalculation of your financial aid offer may occur. In the event there is a change in your financial aid offer, you will be notified electronically.

Learn more about outside scholarships.

Apply for Available Scholarships

Please visit the “resources” section of the Student Hub. Select the “Scholarship Manager” link in the Student Financial Services area.